Wednesday, April 15, 2009

So what is with monks mania! Mojo, NME, The Guardian – all going under the thunder to a lesser or greater degree. This is great and an undeniable thread from the days when combos like Das Furlines were preaching the gospel when nobody else was. Those girls even have a UK cousin in The Nuns right now. Anyway, for whatever reason, “Black Monk Time” is enjoying something of a Disney-like resurgence and that has to be a good thing. The apocalyptic “Oh, How To Do Now” would be a perfect closing theme for the endtimes.

I don’t know if the Light In The Attic release is the same as the recently reissued Universal version, the latter sounds great, way crisper than the one on Repertoire. This is all due to, in no small part, the documentary “monks - the transatlantic feedback”. Dietmar Post and Lucia Palacios created a monster when they made it possible to see this phenomenon as well as hear it.

To wit… there are three chances to dance coming up in the building site known as Edinburgh. The Cameo is screening the monkumentary thusly so hop to one of ‘em accordingly:

Fri 17/Sat 18 April - Screen One – 11.45pm
Thu 23 April - Screen Three – 6.15pm

(Thanks to Ian and Paul for the info)

After that you can go to Play Loud! and score the dvd direct from the filmmakers to help keep their coffers afloat. Extras include the full TV clips and also a very good interview with the late, great Dave Day.

Lucia and Dietmar with Dave - Photo by Theresa Kereakes - Los Angeles 2006

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Also, according to the Goner Records Message board there's a 7" with an unreleased track:

MONKS: Pretty Suzanne 7“

(1967 UNRELEASED Heavy FUZZ Version from Mega Rare One-sided Acetate)
This is the one to change the History Books. So far we were lead to believe that the Monks, after their LP failed to Chart tuned it down and tried a couple more pop tunes bevor vanishing in oblivion. The truth is far from that: Bound by their contract with Polydor, the Monks were unable to develope their music the way they really wanted to. In 1967 the Monks went on their own time and money into Tonstudio Pfanz near Hamburg to record this smashing Fuzz driven Freak Beat Version of Pretty Suzanne behind Polydors back!!Trying to fu** over Germany’s biggest Record Label???? It doesn’t get more Punk than that in my book!!! Sure enough they got in trouble for it and this killer Version remained unreleased to this day. First ever Legit Re-issue in full Cooperation with the Monks. Mastered from the Original ( Only Known!!) Acetate. In Amazing High Fidelity Fuzz Sound!!!

I haven't actually seen a real copy of this, and there's nothing on the Red Lounge records webpage. Anybody have any more concrete information?